Day 1: New Zealand –– Rome
Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Italian holiday.
Please note: Some flights may depart one day earlier.
Day 2: Rome
Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Rome and make your own way to your hotel. You are then at leisure to enjoy this historic city and relax after your flight.
Your hotel: Patria (or similar)
Located only 300 meters away from Stazione Termini, in Rome’s historic center, Hotel Patria welcomes you in elegant rooms, with all modern comforts, in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. If you are looking for a hotel with great tradition and prestige, this hotel offers a comfortable facility well served by public transportation that will take you to the city’s most beautiful places.
Day 3: Rome (B)
After breakfast, make your way to the central pick-up point for a guided tour of Imperial Rome and the Colosseum. Arriving by coach at Piazza Venezia you will see the impressive Il Vittoriano monument. Continue on foot to the famous Piazza Del Campidoglio designed by Michelangelo from where you will have a fantastic view of the Roman Forum. By coach you will then drive by the Circus Maximus and the Aventino Hill. Stop to admire the beautiful statue of Moses by Michelangelo located in the Church of St. Peter’s in Chains. Conclude your tour with a visit of the majestic Colosseum, an iconic symbol of this eternal city.
Day 4: Rome – – Florence (B)
This morning, make your way to the station for your train to Florence. Relax as the train takes you north through Lazio to the capital of Tuscany. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You may wish to wander the quaint alleyways and picturesque plazas.
Your hotel: Delle Nazioni (or similar)
This charming property is located in the heart of downtown Florence, just to the east of the central train station – Santa Maria Novella. It is ideally situated, providing excellent access to the main tourist attractions like the Duomo, as well as the shopping districts, conference centre and exhibition halls.
Day 5: Florence (B)
Start off your day with a guided walking tour of the city. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance, but there is so much to see, it can be hard to know where to start. This 2 hour small-group walking tour is ideal for checking off top attractions such as The Cathedral, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio and Giotto’s Bell Tower.
Day 6: Florence – – Venice (B)
This morning, make your way to the station for your train to Venice. Enjoy the views as the train takes you through Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto before arriving at St. Lucia station. Make your own way to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Your hotel: Hesperia (or similar)
This little hotel is situated in the historic centre, looking onto the Canale di Cannaregio. It has recently been restored, using carefully chosen traditional materials and, while offering every modern comfort, still retains a typical Venetian style. The Hotel Hesperia provides an excellent, personalized service, thanks to the fact that the owners are always present, and available to give their constant care and attention to the needs of their guests.
Day 7: Venice (B)
Explore the “Queen of the Adriatic” at your own pace today. Don’t miss St. Marks’ Square, St. Marks’ Basilica, the Doge’s Palace and Bridge of Sighs. Also worth visiting is the lagoon island of Murano who are famous for their glass making.
Day 8: Venice – – New Zealand (B)
Bid farewell to Italy and make your own way to the airport today.
Day 9: New Zealand
Arrive home today.
Please note: Some flights may arrive home one day later.